Tuesday, May 12, 2015

In about 8 weeks I get on a plane to visit Amsterdam, Belgium, England, Finland, Estonia, and Iceland and I could not be more excited!!!  I've used this trip as an excuse to branch out and work with some really lovely people over there across the pond, and you'll be hearing more about some of them soon.  For now, we'll focus on England  - because in anticipation of my visit to the UK, I have two new patterns and I'm kicking off a KAL. 

From now until July 10th, just pop into my Ravelry group and join in on the London Calling thread with any BabyCocktails pattern you may be working on, old or new.  There will be another Uncommon Thread design coming soon, some great prizes, some secret discounts and a bunch of drink recipes (actually a drink recipe contest...) Plus more details on what's happening as the KAL goes on, and the info on my BabyCocktails trunk show and cocktail party at YAK in Brighton on July 11th. 

Today, what's going on are these new patterns, designed especially for the KAL:

With the coupon code London Calling, you get 20% off both of them on Ravelry until May 29. 

Dubonnet is a cardigan designed in Eden Cottage Yarns' Oakworth DK, which I think is the perfect lightweight sweater yarn - it has a subtle rustic quality to the fiber, but this 100% NZ Polwarth Wool knits up into the loveliest soft and delicate fabric, with just the teeniest bit of sheen to it.   Victoria's color sense is amazing - she does these subtle, sophisticated pastels that I'm in love with.  And this pale green (Coppice) is no exception.

I was going for an easy vintage feel with the design - think of it as a cousin to Vodka Gimlet or Vodka Lemonade.  The sweater is a little modern, but still feminine.  It has some lovely details that keep the knitting interesting, but it's simple enough to modify as you go.  You can have a little fun with color in that pocket, and once it's done, it's an easy, flattering, versatile piece to work into your wardrobe.

The pockets may be my favorite detail.  And the lace...

All the information and links to purchase Dubonnet are located on the pattern page.  You can find Victoria's yarn at Yarn Culture in the US, or you can go to her website to pre-order skeins in any color you want.  And until 5/29, the code DUBONNET12052015 will get you free international shipping.

For those of you looking for a smaller project, I also designed these London Mitts:

I'd been dying to try The Uncommon Thread yarns for a while, as a few of my designer friends had sung its praises to me in the past.  The Lush Worsted was a perfect introduction into Ce's world of vibrant colors and perfect grays.  And at only one skein, the mitts were a gateway project to another cowl soon - and later this fall, a sweater.

I really do love having a small accessory to work on when the weather gets warm, and these are the best kind of portable knit for my lap.  The Lush looks gorgeous in stockinette, and a simple lace cable was the perfect accent for these.

The color is Ripe Plum, and it's a beautifully vareigated shade of dusty purple.  Seriously, these are a gateway drug - quick, easy and fun.  You can find Ce's yarns at retailers worldwide, or you can pre-order in the color of your dreams on her website.

More information and links to purchase the London Mitts are on here on Ravelry.

I wanted to try to provide a range of projects for the KAL, so the mitts take only one skein and the sweater is a bit more of a project.  Coming next is something in the middle.

I do have cocktail recipes for you, but I've gone on long enough for one blog post.  I'll save them for tomorrow.  Enjoy!  I hope you like these new designs.